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COMSAT REAFFIRMS INTEREST IN NORDIQUES
Published April 18, 1995
Comsat Video Enterprises, owner of the NBA Nuggets, "likely will know by mid-May whether it will have a chance to acquire" the Nordiques and move them to Denver, according to Saturday's ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS. Last week, Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau appointed an attorney to review the team's finances and report back on the "feasibility" of financing a new facility for the team. Nords spokesperson Jean Martineau says team President Marcel Aubut "has written approval" to sell or move the team if the government will not help. Martineau: "The people who own this company won't go bankrupt just because hockey is a big thing here." The Nordiques have suggested the government raise funds to cover a new $125M arena and pay off the team's debt until the facility can be built through a new lottery or casino. Aubut met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman last week to discuss the negotiations between the team and province. Bettman "reportedly told Aubut he would not assist the Nordiques' bid to secure financing unless he was asked to get involved." The team's lease at Quebec's Colisee expires July 15 (Curtis Eichelberger, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 4/15). ROCKY ROAD BACK TO DENVER: In Sunday's BOSTON GLOBE, Kevin Paul Dupont speculates that the Islanders may be the next team to be sold, and possibly move. Dupont also mentions a possible Devils move to Denver -- the city they abandoned for NJ in '82. Dupont writes, "Wouldn't the hockey landscape play better if the Isles bolted for, say, Phoenix and the Devils hit the road for Denver? It all would be so much easier if the Board of Governors stopped worrying about lost expansion fees and encouraged some of these weak sisters to do the right thing and move to better buildings in better markets" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/16).